How to cultivate intuition for creativity and business
When I tell people that I spent 18 months learning about intuition at one of the leading schools of intuition in the United States years ago, I am usually met with blatant surprise and confusion.
In the west, we have been taught to make logic and our analytical mind our God. Our education system perpetuated this dogma, and even our standardized tests were created in order to often test one type of intelligence, a left-brain thinking type of intelligence that relied on logic and linear thinking.
For the last 100 years or more, those who had the greatest capacity for logic and analytics were rewarded financially and were often most desirable in the workforce or in academia, as long as they had some basic skills of communication. And in some cases, an inability to communicate was even excused if their intelligence was proportional to their societal value.
We’ve seen a new type of intelligence emerge in the last 30 years — that of “emotional intelligence”, coined by Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer which is defined as “a form of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and action”.
But what if there is another type of intelligence that hasn’t yet become a mainstream topic in the business world?
I’m often asked the question, “How do you get so many things done?”. And how did your life change so dramatically in the last 4 years after graduating from this program?
I realize this is a difficult question to answer when the words available to us have only been invented to describe our physical and linear world. Put simply, it’s because I don’t have the same experience of time as I used to before spending time studying the world of intuition and how to apply it to my daily life.
“I get my best ideas in the shower” — Albert Einstein
Could it be that our intuition, a non-linear and non-local consciousness is the home base of where all the most revolutionary and innovative, and creative ideas come from?
Linear thinking using logic often uses past data, patterns, and past experiences to create a model for the future. And because it assumes historical data using an existing framework, linear thinking is limited by the pre-existing construct and toolkits available to us. There is a difference between knowledge and primordial intuitive wisdom.
What if there was a way to find new ideas and become an innovator in the way that Edison and Tesla were?
“But instinct is something which transcends knowledge. We have, undoubtedly, certain finer fibers that enable us to perceive truths when logical deduction, or any other willful effort of the brain, is futile.” — Nikola Tesla
In Psychology Today, Francis P Cholle defines intuition as “A gut feeling — or a hunch — a sensation that appears quickly in consciousness, a process that gives us the ability to know something directly without analytic reasoning, bridging the gap between the conscious and nonconscious parts of our mind, and also between instinct and reason.”
Like the other types of intelligence, what you practice grows stronger. While we all have a base “set-point” for analytical intelligence, and emotional intelligence, we also have the capacity to grow and learn and expand our thinking if we are dedicated to growth. That is also true of intuition and our abilities when it comes to cultivating strength in intuition.
While it took me years to build a solid foundation of trust with my intuition, my non-local way of “gathering information” to make sense, I can share one big key piece of advice for those who are interested in cultivating their intuition: Become as present as possible in every moment.
Most people are in the past or in the future and are almost never in the present time. And if they are, the moment any discomfort sets in, their minds are moving again to another space and time reality.
So if you want to start to access this non-local consciousness, do whatever you can to become as present as possible in every single moment of your life. Once you do, you will notice new subtle bodily sensations and remove the filters that might exist when your mind is in the past or the future. You might start to notice what makes you feel expanded and connected, and other ideas that might make you feel contracted.
In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “Be here now”.
This is the cornerstone of all intuitive practices, and often takes years to master, if ever.
If you’d like to learn more about intuition and how to cultivate your intuition so you can access new waves of consciousness and intelligence, drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.
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